Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. is a 100% women-owned and WBENC Certified employment law firm providing counsel to businesses in all areas of employer-employee relations. The firm was built on a strong belief that many of today's employment issues can be prevented with proactive business and legal strategies. We partner with our clients to provide those strategies and to help them manage risk, increase productivity and create an overall better workplace.
At NFC, we are committed to diversity and the empowerment of women in the workplace. We continue to receive numerous awards and accolades recognizing our diversity efforts from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, The Small Business Association’s “NJ Women in Business Champion of the Year” and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award for “Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility”.
Practicing labor and employment law for 20 years, Diane Sugrue brings over ten years of in-house counsel experience to Nukk-Freeman & Cerra. She has significant experience counseling clients in all aspects of labor and employment law on a national basis, including issues relating to employment discrimination, harassment, employee benefits, corporate restructuring and union awareness. Ms. Sugrue has worked closely with senior management and Boards of Directors to provide advice and risk analysis on a variety of employment related matters. She has extensive experience providing employee and management training in numerous employment related areas including harassment, FMLA, ADA, and workplace ethics. As a former global compliance officer, she has a wealth of experience structuring the scope and timing of efficient and effective internal workplace investigations, as well as the development and execution of workplace compliance programs. Ms. Sugrue currently serves as a Compliance Expert for a global pharmaceutical manufacturer subject to a Corporate Integrity Agreement and is responsible for assessing compliance program effectiveness.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Member, American Bar Association Member, New Jersey State Bar Association William J. Brennan Inn of Court (1991-1993)
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2012, 2013) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Ingersoll Rand Company, Montvale, NJ Global Compliance Officer (May 2005 – June 2006) Novartis, Gerber Products Company Vice President & Associate General Counsel (August 2003-May 2005) Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. Vice President, Employment Law and Litigation (January 1999-August 2003) Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Pharmaceuticals Counsel (January 1996-January 1999) Genova, Burns & Vernoia, Livingston, NJ Senior Associate (January 1995-January 1996) Tompkins, McGuire & Wachenfeld, Newark, NJ Associate (September 1992-December 1994)
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP: Honorable Harry A. Margolis, P.J. (1991-1992) Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1991) Montclair State University (B.S., 1989)
State of New Jersey, 1991 United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1991
Board of Directors, Community Health Law Project (2007-Present) Co-Founder, PECK (Parents for Excellent Care for Kids) (2006-Present)